And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
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George Leo Haydock
Lap, (gremio, breast,) after Jacob had embraced them; or from between his knees, where they knelt to receive his blessing.
Bowed down, out of reverence to his father, and to beg of God that he would put words of comfort into the mouth of his father, on this solemn and important occasion. Then, in order that his children might not lean upon, or incommode Jacob, he placed them, the elder at his right-hand, the other at his left. (Haydock)
See how he also taught his sons from the very beginning to show due respect for the old man. Joseph brought them along according to seniority, the text says, and presented Manasseh and then Ephraim. At this point notice, I ask you, how the good man’s bodily eyes were by this time weak through old age (“His eyes had faded with age,” remember, “and he could not see”), but the eyes of his mind were strengthened, and by faith Jacob already saw what was going to happen. I mean, instead of heeding Joseph, Jacob crossed his hands over in blessing them and gave precedence to the younger, putting Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.